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What is Depo Provera

QUESTION

I have 2 children and I already had 4 abortions after my second baby. Nurce of our village recommended Depo Provera but she does not know much about women health and/or about Depo Provera. What is Depo Provera and is it secure safe contraception?

ANSWER from experts

Depo Provera is a hormonal contraception which is working for 3 months (long-term working hormonal contraception). Depo Provera is a commercial name of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate. Sometimes Depo Provera can be called DMPA.

Depo Provera contains synthetic progesterone and no estrogen. This contraception is very good for women who cannot use estrogens.

The 3-month Depo-Provera injection is usually done in the arm and/or hip and/or upper thigh and/or abdomen. After injection the Depo Provera is delivering a high level of progesterone into the body and progesterone stops the ovaries from releasing eggs. Depo Provera causes the cervical mucus to thicken and changes the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. These changes prevent fertilization.

Depo Provera injection should be done every 3 months and clients should be supervised by experienced medical staff.

The contraceptive effectiveness of the Depo Provera is high – up to 97-99% .

Depo Provera

Many women like Depo Provera because of 3 months freedom – no control, nothing to remember, no forgotten pills, no visits to the doctor. Depo Provera is a very private form of contracepyion because it cannot be seen on the body and it does not require any home supplies. But at the same time, Depo Provera cannot protect you fropm sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Once you had your Depo Provera injection, after 24 hours it is already effective and can protect you from unwanted pregnancies during following 13 weeks.

Before making final decision about Depo Provera, it is very important to check all contra-indications, advantages and disadvantages. Women health indicators are very important for Depo Provera. take some time and discuss all details with your doctor or health service provider.


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